There may come a time when we have to take care of someone elderly. It might be a parent, it might be a relative or it could be someone we care about such as a friend of the family. However, as it might not be something we ordinarily do, you may not be sure on the best ways to do it. I wanted to share with you some of the ways that you can ensure you take care of them as best you can.
Adapt their home
One of the first things to think about would be their home environment. Whether they have mental or physical health problems their home could possibly be improved to make things better. That might be mobility aids to help them get up and down the stairs or off their seat. It might be that you add hand grips around the home for extra support or even making it wheelchair accessible for access in and out when the time is needed. There are specialists out there that can help and advise on the best things to consider.
Think about their options
There might come a time when you have to think about all of the options available to them. At first you may consider smaller changes such as the adaptations we have discussed or getting extra help into the home. This help can be meals, it can be support workers or people checking to ensure they are taking their medication. However, it might be that you have to think further down the line, especially if you know their health may deteriorate further. This is when a residential care home could become a viable option to think about. It is always good to try and discuss it with the person involved as well as any other people involved in the decision making process.
Keep to a schedule
A schedule is very important for people, especially if you are giving them extra support and care. Keeping to a schedule with them helps to manage their expectations and also allows them to understand their day. A schedule might also be important for others coming in and out throughout the day, so having a routine up on the wall or important days and times could be an option. This might work well for people who are struggling with mental health issues like memory loss or forgetfulness.
Make use of a diary
Writing things down is the old fashioned way of keeping accountable, and many elderly people would prefer this to any sort of technology. So a diary can really be useful. This works especially well for people struggling with their mental health with memory loss or determination going illnesses like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Having a diary to refer back to for the day and the date can help them to keep some from of independence in those later years.
I hope that some of these options help you if you find yourself needing to take care of someone elderly in the future.